Concordia never got in a rhythm against St. Ben's and lost 70-55 on Saturday. CC now faces an uphill battle to get to the top of the MIAC.
Start The Uphill Climb!
Courtesy of GoCobbers.com, Release: January 20, 2007
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MOORHEAD, Minn. (1/20/07)-- Concordia has just turned a flat-surface sprint to the MIAC finish into a grueling Tour De France Mountain Stage-style climb. The sudden turn of the schedule into an uphill battle came courtesy of the Cobbers' struggle on Saturday in their 70-55 loss against St. Ben's.
Trailing the league-leading Blazers by two games coming into the match-up to start the second half of league play, Concordia watched as CSB knocked down 53.3% (8-of-15) of their 3-point shots in the opening half and saw their deficit in the league standings mount to a full three games.
The loss also snapped the Cobbers' five-game winning streak. CC is now 10-5 overall and 8-4 in the MIAC. St. Ben's starts their grueling seven-day stretch of tough conference game by earning their third straight win. The Blazers are now 11-1 in their first 12 league games and 12-3 overall. They continue to hold a one-game advantage over second-place Gustavus and a two-game cushion over Carleton. CSB will play both of those teams on the road in the upcoming week.
Melanie Hageman proved to be the lone consistent scorer for the Cobbers. She put down a game-high 21 points, 15 of which came in the second half alone. Annie Keeley was the only other Concordia player to finish in double figures. She had 12 points but went 4-of-13 from the field and 0-of-4 from 3-point range.
St. Ben's had three players score in double-digits. Mindy Schmidt came off the bench to score a team-high 15 points. It is the second consecutive game she has led the team in scoring and the 15 total points is almost nine points better than her 6.9 point per game average she had at the start of the game. Schmidt was 3-of-5 from 3-point range and 5-of-9 from the floor. Mackenzie O'Neil was the other player that found her shot from the outside. She knocked down 4-of-6 shots from outside the arc and finished with 14 points. Darby Noreen went 2-of-6 from long range and added 10 points.
The Cobber trend of not winning when they shoot below 35.0% from the floor continued. CC shot 34.0% (16-of-47) from the field and is now 0-5 when they fail to shoot at least 35.0%. They were even less consistent from outside the arc, shooting 21.4% (3-of-14) long range.
Concordia held a 31-22 advantage in rebounding and turned the ball over 16 times as opposed to 14 for the Blazers. However, CSB held a 10-point advantage in points off of turnovers.
The Cobbers will have to find a way to put the loss behind them as they start to head into their uphill climb by facing Carleton in Northfield on Monday, Jan. 22 at 7:45 p.m. The game can be heard live on the Cobber athletics website.